Ashraf Sinclair may be under the radar here on our shores, but he has made quite a name for himself in Indonesia, even snapped up a gorgeous local singer-actress Bunga Cinta Lestari (BCL) as his lawfully wedded wife back in 2008.
But that does not stop his Malaysian fans from stalking him on social media,ready to judge his every move. Recently, the 33-year-old set tongues wagging when he uploaded pictures of him and Bunga renewing their wedding vows.
A vow renewal ceremony is a special way to declare your continuing commitment to your spouse before family and friends, made popular by the Italians before adopted by Americans since the 1950s.
This is where the brickbats flood in. Fans argued that in the Islamic religion, one only required to utter the marriage vow once during theÂ akad nikah ceremony and that the ceremony closely mimic the Western tradition.
Some observers even went up to the point of questioning the couple’s faith, skeptical on Ashraf and Bunga decision to imitate a Christian practice.
The vow renewal ceremony has an avid following among celebrities in Hollywood. However, it does not guarantee ‘happily ever after’, as proved by Kris and Bruce Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame. The couple renewed their promises together at a lavish ceremony in the Polynesian islands of Bora Bora, but even the theatrics couldn’t prepare them for the fate that would befall on them: they divorced two years later.
Who knows, maybe the ceremony between Ashraf and BCL was not religious in any way and were made to celebrate their marriage? As a loving husband and a doting dad, Ashraf once told the Malaysian media at a press conference for LUX Fine Fragrances, in which his wife was an ambassadress.
“My wife, Bunga and I promised each other that we would always work on our relationship even after our marriage. We donâ€™t want it to become boring,â€ comments Ashraf on the importance of keeping romance alive in a marriage. â€œWe donâ€™t want to lose that spark.”MYNEWSHUB